HEARTS v LIVER­POOL

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Midweek Sport - - THURSDAY AUGUST 23 - By CHRIS MCKENNA

PEPE REINA has warned his team-mates not to panic as they pre­pare for a trip to Ed­in­burgh.

Liver­pool’s Premier League cam­paign got off to a hor­ror start on Satur­day with a 3-0 de­feat at West Brom.

They now face a tough run of fix­tures that be­gins to­mor­row night against Hearts in their Europa League play-off first leg be­fore the visit of cham­pi­ons Man City on Sun­day.

Then there’s the re­turn leg with Hearts be­fore Manch­ester United and Ar­se­nal both visit An­field in Septem­ber, with a trip to Sun­der­land sand­wiched in be­tween.

With Bren­dan Rodgers yet to fully win over the fans, it could be a telling time for the for­mer Swansea man­ager.

How­ever, Reina has warned against any over-re­ac­tion to Satur­day’s de­feat and in­sists it has not put any more pres­sure on to­mor­row night’s game.

Stronger

He said: “We are get­ting the ideas from the man­ager – and we still are – and this is just the be­gin­ning.

“We have to lift our­selves now and stick to­gether more than ever.

“I don’t think we’ll see many games for Liver­pool like we did on Satur­day.

“There is noth­ing to worry about, this is just early days. It was a bad game – it’s as sim­ple as that.

“Satur­day’s de­feat won’t make us any more de­ter­mined to win against Hearts.

“Ev­ery game is im­por­tant for us and we try to win them all.”

Liver­pool man­aged to win just six of their 19 games at home last sea­son so Reina is look­ing for the Reds to sort out their home form when they re­turn from Scot­land.

He added: “We have to face the fix­tures and I’m sure for them it won’t be easy to come to An­field.

“We have to make our­selves much stronger at home. This year we have to get bet­ter re­sults in front of our own fans.”

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